A man who was about to hang himself,
Finding a purse, then threw away his rope;
The owner, coming to reclaim his pelf,
The halter found, and used it. So is Hope
Changed for Despair -- one laid upon the shelf,
We take the other. Under Heaven's high cope
Fortune is God -- all you endure and do
Depends on circumstance as much as you.
Note from the wikifier of this text:
- The original included the following prefatory note: "From the Greek."